Association "International Management Institute" (IMI) was established in 1993 in order to train highly qualified specialists with a higher education degree in Management, Economics, Tourism, Marketing and business-related subjects. In response to the efforts of the founders and members, in 1997 this fundamental objective was achieved with the accreditation of the International University College - Albena (since 2008 - International University College - www.vumk.eu) within a project of Hoge Hotelschool Maastricht - the Netherlands, as part of the programme of the Dutch government for cooperation with Central and Eastern Europe and the bilateral cooperation agreement between Bulgaria and the Netherlands from 1993.
The unique representation of IMI, however, is measured by the membership of 200 young people and 50 teachers specialised in vocational and higher education who implement many initiatives and projects related to quality improvement in all areas of education, social and economic life. All of them participate actively in the work of the association aimed at supporting the research, science and teaching activities in the fields of Human Resources, Tourism, Economics and Sociology. IMI is supported by foreign partners from the Netherlands, Great Britain, Norway, Denmark, Cyprus, whereby the partnerships have been established within common projects and initiatives.
The training system of the higher education institution, which is a member of the board of the association, is characterised by a different form of education based on the educational know-how of its partners - foreign European universities. Within its many years of existence, IMI has built up partnerships and broader networks of cooperation with local authorities, civil society structures, including in small and remote locations. The experience in establishing successful partnerships and networks as well as the already existing and ongoing partnerships with more than 10 municipalities, civil society structures and other bodies of the state administration, are also an example for the successful implementation of activities.